Former USC Trojan, and most recent New York Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas, announced his decision to retire from the National Football League after seven seasons. Thomas played his final game as a New York Giant back on Dec. 29, 2013, which he actually started and recorded five tackles against the Washington Redskins. But now, the former Trojan hangs up his cleats in surprise fashion.
Thomas was forced to leave that game by a thrice-torn ACL, an injury he first suffered at the University of Southern California and then twice more during his time in the NFL. When Thomas suited up for his final season, he would become just the second player in NFL history to return to action after suffering three ACL reconstruction surgeries.
The celebrated Trojan hoped to play last year, but except for a brief training camp stint with the Seattle Seahawks under his former head coach Pete Carroll, he couldn't land a solid spot for the 2014 regular season.
Thomas was drafted by the New York Giants back in 2008. During his four healthy seasons, 2008-10 and 2013), Thomas played in 60 regular-season games with 41 starts. His career totals included 300 tackles (232 solo) and 12 interceptions.
In 2009-10, Thomas started every game at right cornerback and led the Giants in tackles, interceptions and passes defensed each season. He earned a Super Bowl ring from the Giants' victory over New England in Super Bowl XLVI.